The alarm clock rang very early on the day of my visit to our General Services Department. I am not a morning person, so I have to offer major props to them for beginning their route by 7am every day!
I, first, got to hop in the truck and practice dumping the can into the bed of the truck. Solid Waste Manager, Brad Jordan, and Supervisor, Dean Smith, were great help at teaching me the ropes and being patient when I completely missed the bed of the truck the first go.
This proved just how important it is to ensure your trash is bagged before tossing it. If the items are not bagged, then all the solid waste disperses on the ground. Our team does a great job at cleaning up any mess that may occur, but it does break up their routine by having to get in and out of the truck.
After talking with Brad and Dean, I got to do a ride along with Steve Oyler. What a passionate man he is. I won’t spoil the video by detailing our conversation, but I do encourage you to hear his story and how he got started in his career.
A few things I witnessed while roaming RoCo alongside the General Services team is how much a smile and wave from homeowners can brighten their day. The whole team is incredibly patient- willing to wait if they see someone running down the driveway with their trashcan. These men and women truly are an integral part to our community that may get overlooked as people may not think anything of it when they wheel back in their empty can at the end of the day.
Thank you to the General Services team for having me, and thank you for the work you do every day!